tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN December 4, 2014 1:00am-2:01am PST
. breaking overnight. protests erupting in new york and across the country after a grand jury decides not to indict a white police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. eric gardner's family is outraged this morning and speaking out. >> now a federal civil rights investigation is happening in the gardner death investigation. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is thursday, december 4th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. breaking overnight.
protests across the country. the issue of race and justice again in sent center of the national discussion over not to indict a white police officer in the death of a black man. >> eric gardner died when police used a chokehold after he was selling loose cigarettes. 30 people were arrested and demonstrators shut down a roadway and traffic in the lincoln tunnel. >> i'm determined to get justice for my husband. he shouldn't have been killed in that way. he shouldn't have been killed in any way. he should be celebrating christmas and thanksgiving with his children and grandchildren. he can't.
why? because a cop did wrong. >> cnn's joe johns has more from the scene from staten island. >> reporter: john and christine, this is the place where that altercation occurred back in july. resulting in the death of eric gardner. in the night, the number of people visiting the scene rose and fell. what seemed difficult to reconcile was the plain evidence on video of what occurred on the treat in july and how that could not lead to an indictment. other whose showed up here, community leaders and family members of gardner, encouraging the crowd to keep it peaceful. the scene is walking distance from the staten island district attorney's office. the statement from there is the law requires the activities of grand juries to remain secret
and there would be no release of information about the decision unless a court orders it. there was a small protest with a dozen people or so marching through chanting no justice, no peace. we only saw them once. for his part, daniel pantiello, whose actions were under review by the grand jury, did release a statement expressing his condolences to the eric gardner family. >> thank you, joe. we have that statement from officer pantiello. he says, quote, i became a police officer to help people and protect those who can't protect themselves. it is never my intention to harmohar harm anyone. i hope they will accept my personal condolences for their local. >> eric gardner's father had a message. saying he is disappointed by the
grand jury decision, but people should keep protests peaceful and lawful. >> i don't want anybody to get locked up here and go through the same thing we are going through. >> what do you think happens next? have you talked to the lawyers a bit about it? >> the feds will take over. >> you are hopeful? >> they will give the right decision. >> his message struck a cord with bill deblasio. the painful personal talk he had to have with his son dante, who is black. deblasio says he, the mayor of new york, had to be careful with interactions with police officers. >> i couldn't help but immediately think what it would mean to lose dante. life could never been the same. i could feel how it will never been whole again. things will never been whole again for mr. gardner. even in the midst of his pain,
one of the things he stopped and said so squarely was there can't be violence. eric would not have wanted violence. violence won't get us anywhere. >> following the decision not to hand the indictment. u.s. attorney general eric holder says the federal government will launch a civil rights investigation into the case. it will be independent and thorough and fair. the investigation will be handled initially by the woman that president obama has nominated to replace eric holder. the president himself also weighed in on this case. cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski has more. >> reporter: john and christine, this is interesting. we have the outgoing attorney jegeneral announcing the investigation into the case. the u.s. attorney there is the next attorney general. the president weighed in on this and in a long statement before
he addressed native american tribal leaders. here is what he said. >> when i met with folks from ferguson and law enforcement and clergy and civil rights activists. i said this is an issue we have been dealing with for far too long. it is time to make progress. i'm not interested in talk. i'm interested in action. i'm committed as president of the united states that we have a country that believes in the core principle we are equal under the law. >> reporter: the administration announced just in the past week, a task force to look at policing in america, a deeper investigation of what some see as the militarization of local police departments and the receiving of military equipment from the federal government. also the administration asking congress for more money for training for local police departments and body cameras. the president said that that
action will continue until he sees some strengthening in the trust and accountability between police departments and communities. john and christine. >> michelle, thank you for that. protests around the country have been largely peaceful. at new york city's grand union terminal, hundreds chanted i can't breathe during a die-in. they took the streets and a total of about 30 arrests made there. in philadelphia, protesters gathered for a die-in prior to that city's tree lighting ceremony. in washington, hundreds of demonstrators marched through the dupont circle neighborhood. they were chanting i can't breathe and no justice, no peace. it lasted several hours before
winding down. in ferguson, missouri, michael brown's stepfather says he is sorry for his emotional outburst claiming to burn this down after the police officer was not indicted in the death of his stepsostepson. >> reporter: police in ferguson are looking back to determine why and what started the looting and rioting. they are focusing on video and audio. you will remember liouis head o the video. mr. head has since apologized for comments. saying he made them in a fit of rage. he was angry and he did not want to see this community burn down. in the meantime, we are hearing from the governor of the state, jay nixon. he took some heat for his decision on how he deployed the
national guard after the rioting took place. take a listen. >> there are business owners who said had the national guard been there, maybe my business would not have been looted or burned down. your decision to bring them in later. >> the loss of property was significant, clearly. individual business owners, our hearts go out to them. the fact we didn't have a single one of those folks shot or single law enforcement for trooper or national guard member shot nor weapons discharged in that difficult a situation, had to make decision about life. >> reporter: in the aftermath of what happened in new york with eric gardner, a handful of protesters in front of the police department. everything remained peaceful. >> thank you, george howell. we will have a look inside one
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square and walked to rockefeller center to interrupt the tree lighting ceremony. they made to the west side highway and the goal was to stop traffic. walking against the flow on avenues throughout new york city. the demonstrators ended here at 14th street. a handful of determined protesters. at the height of the march, there were hundreds marching down broadway, marching up the west side highway, marching and chanting saying whose streets in our streets. everything winding up around midnight. deborah feyerick, cnn, new york. >> deb, thank you for that reporting. a gripping cnn exclusive. we take you inside the fight for kobani. our nick paton walsh and his
crew follow a kurdish fighter. we have nick overlooking kobani. gripping footage there of intense situation, nick. >> reporter: christine, what is remarkable is after weeks, we saw the fight from inside the hill of turkey. there is so little left to fight over and the people who try to eek out a life are looking for food, fuel and something to get through the winter. it is a fight itself that is deeply chilling and remarkable on the frontline with coalition technology in the skies trying to support them. the fighters on the ground are often 22-year-olds. we spoke to one commander who told us how one of her friends
had died trying to defend others. >> there were heavy clashes with isis. we were out numbered. she advanced to help save the other injured with her. isis surrounded her because girls are very prized by them. she then blew herself up and killed a lot of them with her. i was near her then. her last words were we will liberate our land with the last drop of blood in my body. >> reporter: it is a gripping detail, christine, but there is one smell that haunts the fighter s. from the bodies of isis militants killed and left behind when their units had to pull back. likely because of coalition air strikes hit them hard. the decay in the air is a reminder of the fighting of the enemy they face.
they want to look after, but they are worried because as winter comes in and the ammo is less and they are finding isis using shelling and not giving up the fight. it hangs in the balance, christine. >> you look at the pictures, nick and this is absolute destruction of this town. these men and women are fighting for this town. it looks as if you couldn't live or work there. >> reporter: they do live there. they, as i said, struggle it seems with food and aid to get in. the capacity that they want. it is very hard simply to be there. air strikes, while friendly for the kurds, shake the room, walls and windows. on the roof one night with heavy machine guns and whistling bullets overhead. that mortar fire made by isis, gas cans with scrap metal lobbed
into the civilian areas and destroying homes. >> nick, thank you for bringing that to us. please stay safe. thank you for a look inside that town. really paint what is war is. that is what war is there. >> remarkable images. breaking overnight. an american man held captive in yemen. luke somers appears nervous. >> i'm luke somers. i was born in england, but carry an american citizenship. >> last week, both special operations and yemen forces tried to free somers without success. somers will meet his inevitable fate if the group doesn't meet the demands. the demands were not outlined in the video.
he is a freelance photographer kidnapped by terrorists last september. an american woman stabbed in the restroom of the mall of the abu dhabi. security footage shows a suspect covered head to toe in women's garb. the authorities are working to identify the suspect and gender. much more on the protests over a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. what attorney general eric holder is saying about a federal inquiry. wouldn't it be great if hiring plumbers, carpenters shopping online is as easy as it gets.
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and talk to your doctor. visit hepchope.com to find out about treatment options. and register for a personalized guide to help you prepare for a conversation with your doctor. mr. gardner's death is one of several incidents across the country that have tested the sense of trust that existed between law enforcement and communities they are charged to serve and protect. >> you heard him there. eric holder announced a federal civil rights investigation. a grand jury in new york decided not to indict the police officer who investigated gardner. the chokehold was the primary cause of gardner's death.
this sparked protests overnight. one that shutdown the streets of midtown manhattan. look at the cover from "the new york daily news." the headline, we can't breathe. that has become a mantra shouted by protesters. the paper made it clear where it stands on the issue. russian president vladimir putin is delivering his state of the union address to members of parliament. he is focusing on the economy which officials warn could fall into recession next year. putin said sanctions are harmful for all countries. he is outlining the domestic and foreign affairs and russia's role in crimea and ukraine. he is blaming the west for the
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astronauts fly in space on this orion capsule. >> very cool. time for an "early start" on money. look at shanghai. up 4.3% on strong data from the u.s. and hopes of more stimulus measures. european stocks ahead of the interest rates by the european central bank. stocks are higher than they have ever been. the dow and s&p 500 yesterday closed at highs. stocks have been a broken record. i feel like a broken record. the s&p 500 up 12% this year. it is almost record fatigue. your 401(k) is doing well. fast food workers promising to walk off the job today. protesting $15 an hour pay are expected in 190 cities. this is the latest in the campaign of strikes that started two years ago. since then, more than a dozen states have raised minimum wage
above $7.25. no fast food chains have committed to a wage hike. it is interesting to me. you have stocks at record highs, but workers don't feel it. workers in some fast growing parts of the economy, fast food and retail and leisure and travel, they are saying we need to be paid more money. interesting split on what is happening. >> job support tomorrow. new information, the very latest on the protests here in new york and around the country after the grand jury decision not to indict in the police officer chokehold in the death of eric gardner.
protesters shouting i can't breathe march across new york after the grand jury decides not to hand down an indictment in eric gardner's chokehold death. michael brown's stepfather now speaking about this video. his angry reaction to the grand jury decision in missouri not to indict a police officer in his stepson's death. he apologizes now and says emotions got the best of him. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. breaking overnight. protests erupt across the country as nine days of unrest.
once again the flashpoint is a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of a black man. in this case, a new yorker named eric gardner. >> gardner died in july after the officer used a chokehold for selling loose cigarettes. activists organized protests and his widow spoke out. >> i'm determined to get justice for my husband because he shouldn't have been killed in that way. he shouldn't have been killed. he should be here celebrating christmas and thanksgiving and everything else with his children and grandchildren. he can't. why? because a cop did wrong. >> joe johns with latest from the scene of garner's death on staten island. >> reporter: john and christine, this is the place where that altercation occurred in july. resulting in the death of eric
garner. there is a makeshift memorial here. into the night, the number of people visiting the scene rose and fell. some expressing anger and exasperati exasperation. what seemed difficult for many to reconcile was the evidence on video of what occurred here on the street last july and how that could not lead to an indictment. but others who showed up here, community leaders and family members of garner, encouraging the crowd to keep it peaceful. the scene is walking distance from the staten island district attorney's office. the law requires the activities of grand juries to remain secret. there would be no release of information about the decision unless a court orders it. a small protest here with perhaps a dozen people or so marching through chanting no justice, no peace. we only saw them once.
for his part, daniel pantiello, the police officer's actions under review, expressing his condolences to the garner family. >> thank you, joe. ben garner had a message for the public telling joe johns that he is disappointed by the grand jury decision, but people should keep protests peaceful and lawful. >> i don't want anybody to get locked up here and go through the same thing that we are going through. >> what do you think happens next? have you talked to the lawyers about where it hands. >> the feds will take over. i'm sure they will give us the right decision. >> his message of peace struck a message with bill deblasio. it reminded him of the conversation deblasio had with
his son, who is black. he warned his son to be careful. he remarked how interesting it is as mayor, he has to talk to his son about interactions with police officers. >> i couldn't help what it would mean for me to lose dante. life could never been the same. i could feel how it will never been whole again. things will never been whole again for mr. garner. even in the midst of his pain, one of the things he stopped and said so squarely was there can't be violence. eric would not have wanted violence. violence won't get us anywhere. >> following the grand jury decision not to uphold an indictment, eric holder announced the justice department will launch a federal civil case. he promised it will be independent and fair. the investigation will be handled by the woman president
obama nominated to replace eric holder. the president also weighed in on the garner case vowing to build more trust and accountability between police and the communities they serve. >> as i said when i met with folks both from ferguson and law enforcement and clergy and civil rights activists, i said this is an issue we have been dealing with for too long. it is time for us to make more progress. i'm not interested in talk. i'm interested in action. i'm committed as president of the united states to make sure that we have a country in which everybody believes in the core principle we are equal under the law. >> the protests around the country overnight were peaceful. hundreds chanted i can't breathe during a die-in. police stopped protesters from disrupting the christmas tree lighting ceremony at rockefeller
center. some blocked traffic and 30 arrests were made. in california, protesters took to the streets of downtown oakland. the demonstrations mostly peaceful with no injuries or arrests. on the east coast, protesters in atlanta took to the streets. you see demonstrators staging die-ins. they were seen marching down streets. in ferguson, missouri, michael brown's stepfather says he is sorry for this outburst. his call to burn this [ bleep ] came the night the grand jury there decided not to indict a police officer in his stepson's death. cnn's george howell with the latest from ferguson. >> reporter: police in ferguson are looking back at what happened last week. they are determined to find out why and what started the looting
and rioting. focusing on the video. you remember louis head is the stepfather of michael brown. telling people to burn this down. mr. head has since apologized for the comments saying he made them in a fit of rage. he was angry and he did not want to see this community burn down. in the meantime, we are also hearing from the governor of the state. jay nixon. you will remember he took heat on how he deployed the national guard after the rioting took place. take a listen. >> there are business owners who said if the national guard would have been there, my business would not have been burning down. the loss of property was significant. clearly. individual business owners, our hearts go out to them. when you put in context we did not have a single person shot or law enforcement or trooper or
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welcome back. happening now. reaction to the case of eric garner. the grand jury in new york city declined to indict the police officer using the chokehold that caused garner's death. protesters shutdown midtown manhattan for a time. an american held captive in yemen is asking for help. you can see that luke somers is nervous. >> i'm 33 years old. i was born in england, but carry american citizenship and lived in america for most of my life.
>> last week, both special operations and yemeni forces tried to free somers without success. he will meet his fate if the united states does not meet the demands in three days. somers says his life is in danger and needs help immediately. he is a freelance photographer. police in the united arab emirates is searching for the suspect in the slaying of an american teacher. ibolya ryan was killed in a mall. the suspect covered head to toe in women's garb. cnn's becky anderson is live in abu dhabi with more. the suspect they have on the tape, you cannot tell if that is a man or woman. you can't see anything about that person. >> reporter: correct. that is what is baffling
authorities here. just who killed iboyla ryan and why. let's look at the images which were released by the interior ministry yesterday. this attack happening on december 1st. if we show her or he in talking to a security guard and walking to the right side of the screen, which is toward a restroom. in that restroom, we are told, an argument broke out at some point and some 90 minutes later, that same suspect dressed in an a full black gown worn here by emarati women with gloves and veil on the face, flees the scene. gets into an elevator and goes to an underground car park and disappears. there is a press conference being held by the interior ministry here in about two hours
time at which we hope to learn more details of the attack. clearly, shocking residents and particularly e particular particularly expatriates here. this is really shocked the community. this is an upscale mall. some of our staff live in the area. they use the supermarket which is in that mall. a very shocking incident here in the uae. we will learn more details, we hope, in a couple hours time. the u.s. embassy has warned u.s. citizens, this is not the first time they have done this, to be on their guard. there were jihadist messages in the past back in october warning
specifically teachers, americans and australians in the uae. we learned they arrested somebody behind those jihadist web site messages. lots of speculation and conjecture here. we hope some of that will be nailed when we hear from the interior ministry around your time at 7:00 a.m. >> thank you, becky. 47 minutes after the hour. new women coming forward saying that bill cosby sexually assaulted them. we will hear from one woman who spoke out to cnn. we will hear from her lawyer over the allegations. stay with us. cou nce we kept the lights on. but then we started using k-y yours & mine. yeah, we were nervous to try it. there's an amazing sensation for her. amazing. this one feels fantastic for me. and combined... ohh, it's a completely new sensation for us both. it's opened a whole new door for us. i've come to clean your pool. but we don't have a pool.
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mr. garner's death is one of several recent incidents across our country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and communities they are charged to serve and protect. >> new this morning, eric holder announced a federal civil rights investigation into the death of eric garner. a new york city grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who tried to arrest garner. the officer's chokehold was the primary cause of garner's death.
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